Wounds UK conference

Dr Suzanne Kapp recently returned from the Wounds UK conference in Harrogate where she was invited to give two presentations to a large delegate of tissue viability nurses.

The theme ‘Back to basics, shaping the future’ guided the meeting, with Suzanne’s two presentations highlighting the need to consider both basics and innovation, in the advancement of wound care.

Suzanne’s first presentation provided an overview of the evidence for botanical and food based wound dressing products made from potatoes skins, banana leaves and turmeric are a low cost alterative to more expensive dressings in low resource communities in Asia and Africa. Although theevidence is limited, case series research and a number of small trials have demonstrated positive healing outcomes, effective management of wound pain and low unit cost.

The use of botanical and food based wound dressing products in neighboring countries provides justification for more rigorous research in this field. Suzanne’s second presentation provided an overview of e-health and chronic wound management in Australia. Drawing on her clinical experience and recent research, Suzanne reported on advances in digital wound imaging and measurement, the perils of social media and wound care, the medico-legal implications of e-health approaches to treatment, and the use of e-health for patient education and enablement.

The use of e-health for chronic wound management offers a range of benefits to patients, including access to specialists, standardisation of health information and remote assessment and monitoring. Using E-health for wound care provides opportunities to think ‘outside the box’ and importantly can lead to better engagement between healthcare consumers, significant others, healthcare providers, educators and researchers.

Dr Suzanne Kapp